Senators split doubleheader in Missoula

CURT SYNNESS Independent Record

The Helena Senators split their road doubleheader with the Missoula Mavericks on Sunday, losing the first game 16-5 in five innings, before bouncing back with a 10-4 victory in the nightcap.

The Senators committed eight errors in the opener and were outhit 10-5. Austin Banschack pitched the win and Riley Pickens sustained the loss.

Ben Tabaracci went 2-2 for the Mavs, with a home run and five runs batted in. Helena’s Payton Pappas was 2-2, with a double and an RBI.

Danny Burton and Payton ignited the Senators offense in the second tilt, as Burton went 3-3, with a double and an RBI, and Payton was 2-3, with three RBIs. Ryan Arntson stroked a pair of singles, Nick Wrigg drove in two runs and Jackson Thennis ripped a two-bagger.

Starting pitcher Ryan Dorvall collected the win, while reliever Koby Griffin got the save. Josh Harrington took the loss.

“It was a tough couple of innings for us in game one, Missoula hit the heck out of it,” Helena coach Dave Thennis said. “Game two the kids rebounded and played well. Ryan and Koby pitched well, and Danny, Payton, Chase Rook and Ryan Arntson had several quality at bats.”

The Senators now stand at 5-2 on the year.

Box Scores

Missoula 16, Helena 5 (5 innings)

Helena 500 00 – 5 5 8
Missoula 880 0x – 16 10 3

Riley Pickens, Jackson Maynard (1), Danny Burton (3) and Carter Pappas. Austin Bohnsack and Kellen Round. W – Bohnsack, L – Pickens.

HELENA – Koby Griffin 0-3, Burton 1-3, Payton Pappas 2-3, Nick Wrigg 0-3, C. Pappas 0-1, Jackson Thennis 0-2, Chase Rook 0-0, Henry Bowers 1-2, Ryan Dorvall 1-2.

MISSOULA – Nick Yovetich 2-4, Jakob Bierig 1-4, Zanon Fulbright 1-3, Ben Tabaracci 2-2, Josh Tabor 1-3, Travis Zander 1-3, Jonathan Mitchell 1-3, Walker Kay 0-3, Round 1-3.

2B – P. Pappas, Round. 3B – Yovetich. HR – Tabaracci. RBIs – P. Pappas, C. Pappas, Bowers, Yovetich, Bierig, Fulbright 2, Tabaracci 5, Mitchell, Round 2.

Helena 10, Missoula 4

Helena 202 042 0 – 10 11 5
Missoula 100 200 1 – 4 9 4

Dorvall, Griffin (5) and Maynard. Josh Harrington, Bierig (5) and Kip Vetos. W – Dorvall, L – Harrington.

HELENA (5-2) – Ryan Arntson 2-3, Burton 3-3, P. Pappas 2-3, Wrigg 1-4, Thennis 1-3, Kenny Wilson 0-4, Rook 1-4, Pickens 0-4, Maynard 1-3.

MISSOULA – Yovetich 1-3, Bierig 0-3, Fulbright 1-2, Zander 1-2, Tabaracci 2-4, Tabor 0-3, Mitchell 1-2, Austin Kominek 1-3, Tyler Jewett 1-3, Vetos 1-3.

2B – Thennis, Burton. 3B – Yovetich. RBIs – Burton, P. Pappas 3, Wrigg 2, Thennis, Bierig, Zander, Jewett.